My friend Buster gave me some words of wisdom before I left Tulsa, “Never pass up the opportunity to use a clean bathroom.” I now know exactly what he meant. The bathrooms in public places are not very clean, sometimes absolutely DISGUSTING! More often than not, there will be no tissue and no sink for hand washing. I won’t mention the smell! UGH!
I think my most favorite bathroom sign, well, not bathroom, but TOILET sign was the one telling me not to exceed three minutes!! Like I would want to anyway??? GROSS.
Over here you get in there, do your business and get out! There is no sitting in there reading magazines as I know some to do. There is no place to sit half the time, as it is mostly just squatting, so actually there is some quite good muscle toning going on. So forget the gym membership, just do your squats in the TOILET.
You can’t really ask, “ Where is the restroom/bathroom?” It is, “Where is the toilet?” And that is exactly what you get. A toilet. If you are lucky it works properly and the person before you was clean and had good aim otherwise, well….you get the idea. I now understand the significance of taking my shoes off before I go in my apartment! It all makes sense now. I definitely take my shoes off at the door, ewwww!
And people with babies? No diapers/No toilet! They just hang them over a trashcan, a sink, or the ground and let em’ go. They have these interesting pants with holes in them which I guess is a whole lot cheaper than diapers, but it sure is disgusting to walk up on.
This China is a crazy place. So if you are lucky enough to stumble upon a clean bathroom with a stool and toilet paper, take the opportunity to go, or at least take the toilet paper! And don’t forget the wet wipes for hand washing afterward.